ST. PETERSBURG - Mya’s marine genomics laboratory, currently consisting of 8 graduate students, 2 postdocs, and 2 undergraduate interns, had an extremely successful year. Her lab continues to lead the way in the field of environmental viral discovery, publishing findings of new viruses in a wide range of organisms, including shrimp, dragonflies, cockroaches, and bats! Especially exciting was the first discovery of viruses in copepods, which are the most abundant animals in the oceans. This study, which has important implications for oceanic food webs and biogeochemistry, was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2013, Mya was recognized as one of Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant Ten” Young Researchers, received Honorable Mention for the USF Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, and was a highlighted FabFems Role Model. Students from the Breitbart lab performed research and gave presentations all over the world, including Brazil, Bolivia, Scotland, and China. Finally, Mya co-founded the “Tampa Bay’s Tiniest Biology” club with Shannon McQuaig from St. Petersburg College to bring together the microbiology researchers in Tampa Bay. This monthly seminar series has been a huge success, with an average of 75 participants at each meeting.
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ST. PETERSBURG - C-IMAGE PI Dr. Steven Murawski talks to David Levin about the research goals of our center and the importance of integration when tackling large scale impacts. For more information, download the C-IMAGE's Podcast #1.
ST. PETERSBURG - C-IMAGE PI's Steven Murawski and David Hollander on board the Weatherbird II in August of 2012 talking to David Levin about looking for impacts of the Deepwater Horizon spill on the mud and the fish in the Gulf of Mexico. For more information, download the C-IMAGE's Podcast #2.
ST. PETERSBURG - Three years after the BP oil well disaster, scientists are struggling to understand the effects on the Gulf ecosystem. From Mind Open Media, David Levin reports on the oil's impact on the tiny creatures that form the base of the food chain. For more information, download the C-IMAGE's Podcast 3.
ST. PETERSBURG - Mind Open Media's David Levin talks with C-IMAGE members Cameron Ainsworth, Jason Lenes, Michelle Masi and Brian Smith about building an Ecosystem Model of the Gulf of Mexico to describe how oil spills impact marine life. For more information, download the C-IMAGE's Podcast 4.
ST. PETERSBURG - C-IMAGE scientists want to know more about how oil-eating microorganisms behave in the cold deep ocean to learn more about what happened to the oil from the Deepwater Horizon blowout. High pressure experiments underway at our high pressure facility at the Hamburg University of Technology focus on how these microbes use oil and what happens to them in the process. Results from these studies may lead to a new way to clean up spills by eliminating its most poisonous ingredients. For more information, download C-IMAGE's Podcast 6.
ANTARCTICA - The only shipboard analysis we are doing for the JPCs on this particular cruise is for magnetic susceptibility (MS). MS gives us clues as to the geologic provenance of the sediments and entrained coarse material, which serves as a proxy for the depositional environment: a high MS indicates the presence of terrigenous material likely to have fallen out of the bottom of a glacier, whereas a low MS indicates a more open-water depositional environment and the absence of an overlying glacier. By running MS on the JPC and JGCs (and JTC, the trigger core), we can see what sediment we collected and start to loosely define different sedimentary and climatic events. Visit Expedition Antarctica to view the rest of the article.
ANTARCTICA - The seismic guns deliver a low energy pulse into the water column, which may have the potential to negatively affect marine mammals if they are exposed to 180 decibels or more in the water. Visit Expedition Antarctica to read the rest of the article.
ANTARCTICA - While passing time on a slow shift, most people read, write papers, or help another group with their sampling. Occasionally, someone will post a crossword and passers-by will stop to fill out a word or phrase on their way between jobs. For the students, downtime during shift is a perfect time to write a blog, check email, or peruse papers that our PIs have assigned. Visit Expedition Antarctica to continue reading the article.
ANTARCTICA - The past week has been full of quintessential Antarctic experiences. I want to highlight these in the blog today because I actually spend a lot of time in the lab rather than outside on deck, so these experiences have been very special. Visit Expedition Antarctica for more of the article.